The triumphal entry gate on the wide access road to Karahayıt is a monument to the hope that Turkish and foreign visitors in search of health and happiness would come to Karahayıt and stay at the luxury spa hotels for a week or two, taking the “cure.”
Too many hotels were built, too few spa visitors arrived, and now Karahayıt’s 5-star hotels host mostly bus tour groups for one-night stays.
In any case, if you’re looking for a 5-star hotelclose to Pamukkale, Karahayıt is where you’ll find it.
Besides the Karahayıt hotels, there’s little to see or do in Karahayıt…unless you want to watch the rust-red calcium fountain gobble the mosque.
—by Tom Brosnahan